The name that has been given to this robot is Mesobot. It is a 250-kilogram robot that is capable of scouting under the surface of the water. The robot Is very stealthy, and it is going to search the underwater depths of the ocean and sea. It will do so without disturbing the animals or water life that is under there.
This robot is not made to cause any harm but to just observe. A closer look at the underwater life and environment along with the ecosystem will provide us with a lot more info, and that will help us understand the world that we live in a little better.
It can work both without any connection, and it can also work along with a cable connecting it. “All of the mechanisms that we think would frighten the animals, we looked to minimize,” says Dana Yoerger at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. He is the one who developed the Mesobot. “We made something that doesn’t disturb the water, doesn’t have bright lights, and doesn’t make a lot of noise.”
It had been made sure that the robot is not a threat to the animals under the sea and ocean. Extreme precautions have been taken to prevent the disaster. We believe that the Mesobot is going to help us get a lot of information, and that is going to progress our fundamental knowledge of things. The Mesobot has been tested, and it had provided good results. Now the plan is to make sure that the Mesobot can go on longer missions.
Understanding the biggest daily migration of life on Earth could be aided by the development of a stealthy autonomous underwater robot capable of tracking elusive underwater species without disturbing them.
The 250-kilogram Mesobot can move around subtly since it can work either alone or while attached to a lightweight fiber-optic wire.
It is between two hundred metres and one kilometre deep that the mesopelagic zone, or “twilight zone,” of the ocean can be found. It is the location of the daily phenomena known as the diel vertical migration (DVM), in which creatures that normally live in the depths rise to the surface in search of the more abundant food supplies available there while avoiding predators.
Biologists consider the DVM to be a crucial mechanism for the quick delivery of nutrients to depth, as well as the long-term storage of carbon dioxide that is captured during photosynthesis. However, it is difficult to observe the DVM animals since they are often frightened away by noise or light in the water.
Mesobot was built by a team led by Dana Yoerger of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. It makes use of low-powered thrusters. “All the mechanisms that we think would startle the creatures, we attempted to limit,” Yoerger explains. It doesn’t produce a lot of noise, doesn’t shine bright lights into the water, and doesn’t disrupt the natural environment in any way, and that’s exactly what we set out to achieve when we designed it.
Mesobot is equipped with a red-light camera that allows it to approach marine life without alarming them. This allows it to keep tabs on their behaviour for an extended period of time. “We’re trying to comprehend the daily existence of these animals,” Yoerger explains.